Western Express Covers

"Erivan" Collection Part VI
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    "Hon. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois", "Pony Express San Francisco Aug. 18", running pony in blue on cover addressed to "Hon. Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois», backstamped «Pony Express St. Joseph Aug 30" Running Pony in carmine, 1857 10c Green (35, few short perfs) at upper right tied by "Saint Joseph Mo. Aug 31 1860" datestamp, «Needs no answer» at right in what appears to be John George Nicolay's handwriting (previously attributed to Lincoln himself), light postal wear along edges, Very Fine cover carried on the second eastbound trip after the first rate reduction was published, one of ten covers with the distinctive "carmine pony" handstamp, but most importantly the only Pony Express cover addressed to Republican nominee and future president Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the 1860 election (FKW Census E13)

    This cover was carrived via Pony Express to Abraham Lincoln from an unknown sender in between the contentious convention of May 1860 and the general election in November. During this time Lincoln was quite reclusive, making few speeches and writing almost no letters. It is nearly impossible to imagine the future president's mindset at this time, with both the Republican Party and the United States on the brink of war. The fact that the only Pony Express cover addressed to Abraham Lincoln also bears one of the service's rarest markings (the carmine Running Pony) only enhances the appeal of this spectacular item. While we tend to err on the side of caution when using superlatives, the last time this cover was sold by Christie's in 1991 it was said to be "considered by many to be the most important Pony Express cover in existence". The prominance with which this cover has been featured in promotional material for the Parke-Bernet Knapp sale in 1941, the Nathan and Boggs book in 1962, and the Christie's sale of the "Edwards" Collection in 1991 (where it received both the front and back covers) certainly speak to the veracity of such a statement.rnProvenance: Edward S. Knapp (Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1941) rn"Edwards" Collection (Edward Grumbacher, Christie's-Robson Lowe, 1991)

    Start Price : 150,000.00 USD
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    Lot# : 36 Western Express Covers

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    "Pony Express Oct 27 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," 10c Green Nesbitt entire with blue "The Central Overland California / & Pike's Peak / Express Company / Oct. 27 / San Francisco, Cal" datestamp and matching blue "Pony Express / Oct. 27 / San Francisco" Running Pony, black "The Central Overland California / & Pike's Peak / Express Company / Nov. 8 / St. Joseph, Mo." handstamp and November 10 St. Joseph circular datestamp, endorsed "Pr. Pony Express" and addressed to "Mssr. Wyman & Co., 53 Broadway, New York", "Rec'd Nov 13" docketing, rn (FKW Census E32)rnBarkhausen
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    Lot# : 37 Western Express Covers

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    "Paid. Central Overland Pony Express Company." 3c Nesbitt entire with printed "Paid. Central Overland Pony Express Company." frank at top and manuscript "2.50", rnblack "Pony Express / Jany 7 / Sacramento" handstamp (earliest recorded use of this marking and the only example in black), rngreen "Saint Joseph Mo Jan 22" double circle datestamp with matching gridrnaddressed to "Churchill Crittenden, Care Thos. T. Crittenden, Madison, Indiana"rnrepaired tears at top 1998 PSE certificate rn(FKW E52)
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    Lot# : 38 Western Express Covers

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    143L3, Wells, Fargo and Co. Pony Express, 1861 $1 Red, tied by "Pony Express San Francisco Jul. 3" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire (U32) with red Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to A. W. Canfield in New York City where a grid postmark was applied, stamp with margins to just cutting and with a portion of the adjacent stamp at top, rnFKW census E109 rnearly use as contract period began July 1rnScott $10,000
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    Lot# : 39 Western Express Covers

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    143L7, Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 1862-64 10c Brown, margins clear to ample, tied by blue «Wells, Fargo & Co. Carson City» oval datestamp to 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to Virginia City, Nevada Territory. small piece of backflap out and trivial edgewear, a Very Fine and fresh example of this deceptively-rare stamp on cover (Scott $$5,500)
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    Lot# : 40 Western Express Covers

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    143L8, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 25c Blue, single with margins large to just in, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express Gold Hill Utah" oval handstamp (same cancel on indicia) on 3c Pink entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, envelope addressed to Folsom, California with an added oval "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express Folsom" handstamp on the printed frank, a clerk went a little overboard with the oval "Paid" handstamp striking it 19 times on the front side and another seven on the back along with six additional strikes of the Folsom Express handstamp and six applications of the oval "Wells, Fargo Prairie City" marking, cover with small pieces out and reduced at right just into indicia, Very Fine, one of the most eye-catching covers we can recall handling (Scott $4,750)rn
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    Lot# : 41 Western Express Covers

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    143L9, Wells Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 25c Red, clear to full margins, vibrant shade, tied to 3c Pink on buff (U35) entire to Mrs. Clara B. Crittenden in San Francisco, blue "W.F. & Co. Virginia City N.T. Ju 15" (1864) postmark, pencil "65" and ink "37" route numbers, Very Fine and choice, 1981 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $8,000)
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    Lot# : 42 Western Express Covers

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    Southern Overland Mail and Express Company, "Barlow & Sanderson Proprietors, Principal Office, Pueblo, Col." cornercard, illustration of six-horse stage coach, franked with 1879 3c Green (184, not tied) with "Pueblo Colo. Oct 23" datestamp, addressed to Wappingers Falls, New York, cover reduced at right slightly into illustration, light staining, still Very Fine and attractive
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